Train rally draws a crowd
Weekly Herald/CHRIS GOODENOW
Dorothy Trinen, of Edmonds, holds a sign to bring awareness of trains transporting coal through Edmonds, during a "Don't Block Our Beach" rally, a gathering to discuss public safety and ferry access concerns due to increasing train traffic through Edmonds, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Brackett's Landing South in Edmonds. Although Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling stated the rally was not about coal, several people held signs against existing or increased train traffic due to coal transportation.
Several in the crowd held signs against the proposed coal terminal project near Bellingham, which would add up to 18 coal trains passing through Edmonds every day en route to Whatcom County.
Coupled with projections that the city will see up to 100 trains of all kinds traveling through Edmonds by 2030, the coal trains are a concern when it comes to ferry traffic and public safety, Mayor Dave Earling said earlier this week.
“We are the only city that has the at-grade crossing railroad that interferes with the state ferry system,” Earling said. “Every other city that has a port for the ferry does not have train conflict, because they have an overpass or because they have an underpass.”